[BC] 7 Things to Do in Vancouver During Thanksgiving in Canada

 

With the Thanksgiving in Canada comes lots of food. Stop by your local farmers markets to get the freshest produce available. Some of them will be closing sometime in October so Thanksgiving would be the best excuse to go. Riley Park, Trout Lake, West End, Kitsilano and Mount Pleasant will be expecting you! To see the schedule of the farmers markets, click here

Halloween Parade

Unlike in the United States, Thanksgiving in Canada falls on October. A bit unusual, but that’s how it is. It also has no relation to the pilgrims. Still, it has the same festive mood of giving thanks and eating… a lot. So much so that you’ll be in a food coma after.

History of Thanksgiving in Canada

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As a little background, the first Thanksgiving in Canada was more of a celebration of the fall harvest of the Indigenous peoples. Later on, Sir Martin Frobisher celebrated a day of thanks for when he and his crew successfully landed on present day Nunavut. Another instance of a thanksgiving celebration was with Samuel de Champlain at Port Royal. He would throw feasts and even had the local Mi’kmaq people join in the celebration.

At first, Thanksgiving in Canada didn’t even have a set date. It could be from as early as April until early December. Today, it is typically celebrated on the third Monday of October, making it a long weekend of a lot of eating.

What to do in Vancouver for Thanksgiving in Canada

Vancouver is not one to be left behind on the celebrations. Many people are expecting to have a gathering of family and friends, but there are also other activities they can take advantage of. Here are some of them:

Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley

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The Cranberry Festival is an annual tradition in Fort Langley during the Thanksgiving weekend. On the Saturday of the said weekend (Oct. 12), everyone gets in for free. If you’re going planning on buying some cranberries, better be early because they will surely sell out later on in the day. If you’re early, you can have a special pancake breakfast as well, but if you prefer to go later in the day, that works as well. You’ll still be able to enjoy what the various vendors around can offer as well as other family-friendly activities, music, and food trucks. Some notable activities includes live demos of blacksmithing and barrel making as well as the famous cranberry stomp.

Farmers Markets

With the Thanksgiving in Canada comes lots of food. Stop by your local farmers markets to get the freshest produce available. Some of them will be closing sometime in October so Thanksgiving would be the best excuse to go. Riley Park, Trout Lake, West End, Kitsilano and Mount Pleasant will be expecting you! To see the schedule of the farmers markets, click here

Halloween Parade

This year’s Halloween Parade will be on the Sunday of the Thanksgiving weekend (Oct. 13). It’s free to watch the parade and family friendly as well because costumes are typically those of superheroes, anime characters, and people in zombie makeup. If you feel like participating in the parade itself you can. You can even join for free if your costume is at least 70% handmade. The parade will be in downtown Vancouver along Howe and Granville along Davie to Smithe.

Harvestland and Harvest Haus

If you’re looking into a more German themed weekend, look no further because Harvestland and Harvest Haus have you covered. This year, the both will be at Hastings Park on the PNE fairgrounds. The grand opening will be on the Thursday before the Thanksgiving weekend. Harvestland will be open from Oct. 11, 12, 18, and 19. Price will be $15.74 for adults. Enjoy activities such as tractor rides, pumpkin carving, a woodland maze, rides, and other fall themed entertainment. Click here for more information about this event.

Harvest Haus on the other hand, will be the Oktoberfest equivalent and will be on the same grounds as Harvestland. Entrance fee for Harvest Haus will be around $26.24-$31.49, depending on which activity you join. Admission to Harvest Haus will also give you admission to Harvestland but not he other way around. Enjoy German themed foods and the festive atmosphere with special events which include games and bands.

Richmond Night Market

There’s a reason why the Night Market made it to the list. It’s because the Thanksgiving weekend will also be the last weekend of the Richmond Night Market. If there’s a stall you haven’t tried yet, this weekend will be your last chance! Enjoy the biggest night market in North America with Asian food, shopping, and entertainment, as well as some life-like dinosaurs. Entrance fee is $4.75 per person.

Chilliwack Corn Maze

Chilliwack is well-known for its corn, but did you know eating corn is just half the fun? This year, see if you can make your way through the Vancouver Canucks themed corn maze. Enjoy food vendors as well as other activities such as pumpkin picking and tractor rides to mark the fall. This family run maze is located in 41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack. It has an entrance fee of $11.75 and is closed on Mondays. To buy tickets or get more information about the corn maze, click here  

Turkey Trot

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If you want to be a bit more active during the weekend, Granville Island has you covered! The Turkey Trot is here to get your heart pumping after you’ve had your fill for the weekend. Celebrate after your run with the Granville Island Market while enjoying the view. The Kids run will be on Sunday, Oct. 13, while the 10KM run for adults will be on Monday, Oct. 14. Registration fees for the kids is currently $15 while the 10KM is $53. Prices will go up on the day of the race so get your register now while there are still some spots left!

Thanksgiving in Canada is a time people look forward to mostly because of the food, family, and friends. Though most of the traditions nowadays are adapted from the United States, Canada still has its own unique way of giving thanks for what fall has to offer.

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